Promise Land Tannery
Pre-Tannery Hide and Trophy Care
Follow these steps to help insure a quality finished product.
Skin animal as soon as possible. Or bring animal to us to skin it.
Or Freeze whole animal if it is under 40 pounds.
Wrap hide in plastic garbage bag and place on ice. Do not place hide
on ice or get hide wet. Do not wash hide. Transport to tannery. If
your animal is already frozen, ice is not neccesary. If this
is not an option continue to Step 3.
Roll hide flesh side together with face and feet inside. Wrap hide
well in 2
layers of plastic bags, squeeze out as much air as possible
and seal bag.
Freeze. Do not store more that 6 weeks before delivering to tannery
damage by freezer burn.
WE DO NOT
RECOMMEND SALTING ANYTHING UNLESS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THE
PROCESS AS IMPROPER SALTING CAN RUIN A HIDE VERY QUICKLY.
Do not salt in temperatures below 40 degrees F or above 80 degrees
prevent your hide from freezing or rotting before the salt has a
work. Remove all meat and fat from hide. On capes and life-sizes
ears, eyes, lips and feet. Use fine hay/stock salt,
non-iodized (available at
feed store), never coarse or rock salt. Pour thin layer of salt on
lay hide hair side down on top of it. Pour some salt on flesh side
of hide and
rub vigorously making sure to rub onto every square inch. Pack salt
eyes, nose, lips and feet. Then cover entire hide in 1-2 inches of
You cannot salt too heavily! Do not skimp on salt!
Salt is cheap compared to replacing your trophy or hide.
Allow hide to sit for a minimum of 48 hours for thin hides (deer and
minimum of 3 days for thicker hides (beef, buffalo) but no
longer than 5 days
for any hide. Then shake salt off and hang hair side up on wooden
rack for 12-
24 hours to dry hair then flip hide so flesh side is up and allow
hide to dry
Once hide no longer looks or feels wet but still bends fold hide
sides together and roll with feet/faces inside roll.
Allow your hide to dry
in roll at least 2 weeks before shipping.
Do not ship fresh, frozen or damp hides with out Calling First!
Thoroughly Dried and Salted hides can be shipped without prior
notification. Please Print a
and include with order and deposit. Include Cites tags for all
bear, bobcat, cougar, wolf, wolverine, etc, with order, if
applicable. Ranch-raised items like buffalo, North American
raised exotics, etc, do not need a wild game ledger, unless you were
required to purchase a hunting license or tag to hunt them.
Domestics like beef, goats, horses, sheep (wool and hair) do not
require any additional information. When shipping orders in
multiple boxes include your name and contact information in each box
(business card or equivalent) and include only one shipping form per
order, not per box! Be sure to clearly mark boxes with box number (1
of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3) when shipping orders in more than one box.
Ship all hides via UPS only. Always insure your shipments as we are
not liable for items/orders lost or damaged during shipping.
When boxing hides do not pack
delicate hides and furs like antelope,
deer, etc, under heavier items like moose, elk and beef as they can
Make sure all ears, feet and tails are folded inside the bundle and
not exposed as they can be damaged or broken off during shipment.
Please see photo tutorial below. Be sure to securely seal all boxes
and tape all openings as UPS can consider packages leaking salt as
hazardous and destroy them accordingly. Always use a box no larger
than absolutely necessary as this saves on shipping costs and
reduces the risk that your box may be damaged or
open up during shipping.
Be sure to permanently mark
hides with your customer information with a
numbered punch. Do not use tags as these are sometimes lost or
destroyed during the tanning process. We are not responsible for
lost or damaged tags. Always include your Taxidermy License # on all
shipping forms. We cannot process your order as wholesale without
it. WA Wholesale must have a completed resale certificate on file to
get the sales tax exemption.
How to Fold and Ship
a Salted Hide
Freezing and Shipping
Raw Hides and Whole Animals
Freezing and Shipping Raw
Skulls and Skeletons